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A paramo, a unique Alpine meadow ecosystem, mostly found in Colombia. Photo by Paul Harris

Colombia’s gold growing pains

The administration of former President Alvaro Uribe (2002-2010) opened the door to modern mining in Colombia. It was political foresightedness that is bearing fruit as various mineral projects advance to resource estimates and prefeasibility…


A view of the Santander mine site, which operated from 1958 to 1992. Photo by Vivian Danielson

Trevali revives Santander mine in Peru

The Santander mine project located 215 km from this coastal city has historic assets and strategic advantages that should help Trevali Resources (TV-T) achieve its goal of becoming Latin America’s newest silver-lead-zinc producer.


Chile a copper cornucopia

Chile is already the world’s largest producer of copper and home to around a third of global reserves of the red metal. That has led some to suggest that the country’s exploration potential may have peaked. But that’s not what the latest…


Chile's Mines Minister Laurence Golborne.

The way from San Jose

Last October’s miraculous rescue of 33 trapped miners at San Jose has catapulted Chile’s Mines Minister Laurence Golborne to the forefront of national politics, even to the point that some are talking of him as a possible presidential candidate…


VisMedia Anglo American CEO Cynthia Carroll.

South African miners fall behind

Cape Town, South Africa – The mood at the 2011 Mining Indaba conference in South Africa was markedly upbeat as the industry experiences booming growth, but the host nation was left wondering how it had missed out.



Helicopters at Anfield Nickel's Chulac camp, the main camp for its Mayaniquel nickel project in Guatemala.

Site visit: Anfield believes in Guatemalan nickel

EL ESTOR, GUATEMALA — “Our business plan is very simple — we want to do what we did with Lumina,” says David Strang, chairman of Anfield Nickel (ANF-V).It sounds easy, just repeating something that you already managed once.The reality is…



BY JOHN CUMMINGTaking a 400-tonne bulk sample from a 10- to 12-metre deep pit excavated at the Kevitsa deposit. The work generated material for an ongoing metallurgical pilot program being carried out by the Geological Survey of Finland.

Site visit: Sizing up Finland’s Kevitsa

SODANKYLA, FINLAND — It’s a huge, low-grade deposit — but can it be a money-maker? That’s the question facing Scandinavian Minerals (sgl-t) as it works…


Site visit: How do they do it? Volume, volume, volume

Chibougamau, Que. — When Franois Fleury, the general manager of the Troilus gold mine, praised the “ingenuity and tenacity” of the Troilus workforce, he had good reason to mean it. The mine, two hou…


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